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2018 Member Vote Details

Hello Urban Greens members,

 

Below are the details for the annual member meeting along with information related to the two voting initiatives.

 

The Annual Member Meeting

Where: Bell St Chapel

When: 

(Official business starts 5:45, food, festivities and pie contest to follow)

 

Vote: Council Member Elections - 7 candidates for 7 open seats

The council is nominating 4 current council members whose terms are up for re-election to the cooperative council, as well as nominating 3 new member to serve on the council:

Philip Trevvett (current council vice-chair)


Cassie Tharinger (current council member)


Pearl Smith (current council member)


Allyson Brathwaite-Gardner (current council member)


Rachel Miller (new council member nominee) 


Samantha Morse (new council member nominee) 


Dee Walls (new council member nominee) 


 

If possible: please vote online before the meeting! This will help us reach quorum, and make sure we are hearing from as many members as possible. Members should receive an email with a link to the ballot during the week of April 15. The ballot will come from Urban Greens Food Co-op, with an address of invitations@app.electionbuddy.com. If you do not receive a ballot by the end of the week, please email us at info@urbangreens.com.

 

Council Candidate Bios:

 

Allyson Brathwaite-Gardner

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Cranberry Clafoutis Recipe - Eating Seasonally and Locally in the Winter Time

You might be surprised to know that America is the number one grower of cranberries in the entire world. I believed until very recently that Massachusetts is the number one grower of cranberries in the country, but it fell to second place after Wisconsin in recent years. The sight of fresh cranberries brings us the sense of the holidays when you see them available at a farmers market. Cranberries are excellent fresh as well as frozen. You can buy a lot of them when it is available fresh, then freeze them so that you’ll always have it around throughout the year! They can keep for up to a year in the freezer. According to Mark Kavanagh from Fairland Farms (see below), freezing cranberries has the effect of increasing their sweetness. 

Here is a cranberry dessert recipe I’d like to share, called cranberry clafoutis (cla-foo-tee). It is like a baked custard. It’s super easy to make, yet so tasty!

 

Cranberry Clafoutis

Servings: 4 

* An 8”x8” square dish (2qt size), or a 9” pie plate works for this recipe.

* When doubling the recipe, use a 9”x13” dish (3qt).

 

INGREDIENTS

(for dish)

about 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

2 tablespoons granulated sugar

 

(for batter)

1/4 cup granulated sugar - sucanat, coconut or turbinado sugar all work fine

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons (6 Tbs total) all-purpose flour - when using whole wheat, whole wheat pastry flour is recommended

pinch of salt

2 large eggs

3/4 cup heavy cream 

3/4 cup whole milk

2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest, or 1 Tbs Grand Marnier and/or 1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup fresh or slightly thawed frozen cranberries, coarsely chopped

 

(for garnish)

confectioners sugar - preferably organic

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Ginger Thyme Lemon and Honey Tea for Cold Sufferers

Coughing and nasal congestion are uncomfortable and it can stop you from getting a good night’s sleep. I always make this herbal tea when my family catches cold. Ginger and thyme soothe your throat, and honey coats your throat. Some say that honey is the best remedy for a sore throat and coughing. Thyme, ginger, oregano, sage, lemon and even garlic are all good for colds. You can mix them as you like to make your original tea to fight a cold.

 

Ginger Thyme Lemon Honey Tea - for 2 small cups

What you need

2 cups of water

Thumb size ginger - sliced with or without skin

Several sprigs of Thyme - preferably fresh. dried thyme is OK too

Lemon - 2x slices

Honey - preferably raw and unfiltered for natural vitamins, enzymes, and other nutrients

 

How to

1 Start boiling 2 cup of water in a small pan.

2 Slice a piece of ginger thinly and put the pieces in the boiling water. Let it simmer for 10 minutes. If you like the strong ginger flavor, you can simmer it longer.

3 Meanwhile, put a slice of lemon and a few sprigs of thyme in each cup.

4 Strain the ginger liquid and pour into each cup.

5 Sweeten with honey.

 

 

Full Bloom Apiaries' delicious wild flower honey is available through our buying club. Their honey is unfiltered and non-pasteurized to preserve the special qualities in it.

 

 

 

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Grow Microgreens at Home During Winter


It’s amazing to see how many different kinds of vegetables grow locally by visiting a winter farmers market. I’ve been sharing a few winter vegetable recipes to encourage eating seasonally and locally as much as possible, but it can be challenging to get enough fresh greens in the middle of winter in Rhode Island. So today, I would like to offer a way to grow some of your food on your own… indoors. Have you ever heard of microgreens? It is exciting to know that microgreens have 4 to 40% more nutrients than mature plants. But before talking about how nutrient-rich microgreens are, I have to explain what they are first.

 

Seeds, sprouts, and microgreens are names of the stages of a plant’s growing process. The plants start as a seed. When you germinate a seed, it starts sprouting a stem in a few days. That is called a sprout. Then, if you wait for a week or two, you’ll see the first sets of two leaves start growing. Those are called microgreens. When the plants go through the microgreens stage, that is when some nutrients, like vitamins C, E, K, and carotenoids, start to peak. You can cut them from just above the growing medium (like soil) and harvest right before eating to get the most nutrients out of them. You see more and more microgreens used at restaurants in small quantities as a garnish. But you can add them to your diet at home too, especially during the winter time, when less fresh seasonal vegetables are available, or for more bio-diversity. If you decide to grow your own microgreens, some of the easier vegetable varieties to grow are, radishes, parsley, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage. But you can grow almost any seeds into microgreens. Most of them taste like their fully grown counterparts.

 

 

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